How Do I Remove Stains From Scotchgard Furniture?

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How Do I Remove Stains From Scotchgard Furniture?
Remove stains from furniture with a vinegar and water solutuon. (traditional style accent chair image by James Phelps from

Furniture protected with Scotchgard repels water and stains because of the chemical make-up of the product. Scotchgard is manufactured by the company 3M and is designed to successfully keep stains from spills and accidents from penetrating the furniture, causing damage. However, there are times when simply wiping the furniture will not prevent staining. If this should happen, there are ways to remove these stains, even if the furniture is protected with Scotchgard.

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Things you need

  • Clean rags
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Blot the stain immediately with a dry cloth if the spill is recent. The Scotchgard fabric protector may prevent the stain from setting.

  2. 2

    Make a cloth damp, using cold water. Blot the stain if it has had time to set. Do not use hot water, as hot water will set the stain (making it permanent).

  3. 3

    Crete a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on stains that are more difficult to remove. The acid in vinegar is mild and will not harm fabrics.

  4. 4

    Rub the stain gently, working from the outside of the stain inward; this prevents the stain from spreading. Alternate between blotting with a dry cloth and rubbing the stain with the vinegar and water solution until the stain is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a spot removal product, you can use that in place of white vinegar.
  • You can use a stream cleaner for stubborn stains but do so cautiously. Steam cleaners will remove the Scotchgard fabric protector as well and therefore you will need to reapply it.
  • Do not use harsh cleaning agents on your furniture as those chemicals can cause damage to the furniture's fabric.

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